‘Thermal power plants account for 95% of Iran’s power generation’

May 13, 2019 - 22:28

TEHRAN – Thermal power plants are generating near 95 percent of Iran’s electricity, IRIB reported on Sunday, quoting a senior official with the country’s Thermal Power Plants Holding Company.

“There are 84 power plants with 544 thermal electricity generation units across the country and these power plants generate near 95 percent of the country’s electricity,” Abdolrasoul Pishahang said.

The official noted that the capacity of Iran's thermal power plants grew by 615 megawatts (MW) in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20, 2019) without constructing new plants.

“This increase has been achieved by cooling the air entering the plant's equipment and increasing their efficiency,” he added.

According to the official, the country’s nominal electricity generation capacity has reached 81,000 megawatts (81 gigawatts).

Iran’s total power generation capacity stood at 80,000 MW in the past Iranian calendar year (1397), up from the 78,484 MW of its preceding year.

Pishahang noted that of the total capacity, 68 GW is produced by the thermal and combined cycle power plants, the share of hydroelectric power plants is 12 GW while nuclear plants generate 1 GW of the country’s total electricity, and the share of dispersed generation units is 3 GW.

The Energy Ministry plans to inaugurate 22 new units with a total capacity of 3,933 MW in the current fiscal year along with upgrading and increasing the efficiency of existing power plants to add another 461 MW of new capacity.


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